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single candleSince 2006, communities across Canada have marked October 4th with Sisters in Spirit vigils to bring awareness to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada. M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre in Owen Sound will host a vigil from 6:00 – 7:30pm on Thursday October 4. The centre is located at 1723 8th Ave East. All are welcome and the event is free.

"The violence experienced by Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in Canada is a national tragedy," said Tanya Coulter, Aboriginal Health and Wellness Strategy Coordinator at M'Wikwedong. "October 4th is a day we honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, support grieving families, and create opportunities for healing".

The vigil will include a sacred fire, sharing circle, meditative walk, and a moment of silence followed by light refreshments. It will be primarily an outdoor event and organizers are requesting that participants dress for the weather. This year's event is sponsored in part by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Men's Program, and Violence Prevention Grey Bruce. For more information about the event please contact Tanya Coulter.

source: media release

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